Why I dislike long distance hiking

If you have spent any time on YouTube or read blogs about long-distance hiking then you will find that the focus is always on the positives and rightly so. Long-distance hiking, whether that is on a pilgrimage trail spending time in hostels, or on a 6-month hike across the Pacific Crest Trail backpacking with a…

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A lighter pack hack

If you walking a trail without camping gear then ideally you should be carrying no more than 10% of your body weight. If you are going on a multi-day backpacking trip with a full loadout then try to aim for no more than 15% of your body weight. Keeping your pack weight down to a…

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How to keep warm when winter camping

If, like me, you are a cold sleeper, then trying to keep warm while backpacking and camping in the winter months is a challenge. It seems such a waste of valuable hiking time and being in nature if you miss out on those colder months. Hiking in the winter brings a completely different experience to…

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How to choose a good waterproof jacket

This was a question recently asked on the Adventure Geek Facebook Page. The answer went into a longish list of things to consider, so I thought it best to produce a little blog about my opinion on waterproof jackets. I have a whole range of waterproof jackets. Some are super expensive and others are cheap…

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Why I never use a hydration bladder for hiking

I’ve not used a hydration bladder for about three years, and there are many reasons why. #1 – Electrolytes Any experienced hiker will be using electrolytes if they are on a multi-day / long-distance trail hike or even a challenging day hike. It is just not practical to add electrolytes to a hydration bladder. Ideally,…

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What is a PLB? A PLB is a personal location beacon. They tend to work from satellite communication rather than using mobile phone signals. When you are out walking in remote areas then it is important to have the ability to contact the emergency services, even if you do not have mobile phone signals. Reality…

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I’m off to walk the Jurrasic Way The Jurassic Way is an 88 mile hike from Stamford in Lincolnshire to Banbury in Oxon. However, due to Covid19 restrictions, we will be camping rather than B&B (all being well with government guidelines, of course) – we leave on 4th July (fingers crossed). Testing the Salomon Out…

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I looked like a vet in my Columbia shirt I have worn the Columbia Hiking Sun Shirt for a few years now (I have a few!), but my daughter thinks that I look like a vet in it! So, I thought I would take a look at something that is a bit more fashionable but…

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